Fiona Watson Memorial Fund

Fiona Watson graduated with a first-class honours degree from Heriot-Watt University in 1991, before going on to act as Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sergio Viera de Mello. She was one of the 22 peacekeepers killed in the terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday 19th August 2003.

It was clear from the many moving tributes to Fiona that she was an outstanding young woman, with a rare combination of intellectual brilliance, vitality, compassion and humour. She was a high flyer who was destined for great things in her career, but her drive was well-tempered by close friendships and a strong connection to her family in Fife, Scotland. As a marvellous ambassador for Scotland and a person who evoked respect and affection in equal measure wherever she went, Fiona is deeply mourned by all who knew her.

To perpetuate Fiona’s memory and redress the sense of waste at her loss, the family, have established a memorial fund. Every year the fund will send a final year student from Heriot-Watt University, where Fiona completed a first class honours degree in languages, to take up an internship with the UN.

Donations will contribute to The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund, an endowed fund which generates income on an annual basis. The Fund meets the annual award winner’s travel and accommodation costs during the internship, as well as supporting annual Humanitarian Grants specifically for students wishing to take part in humanitarian volunteering projects. The Fund is also supporting the Watson-Currie PhD over a three year period from 2015. Registered as a UK charity, the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund can accept gifts from UK taxpayers made via Gift Aid.

To read the latest updates from previous recipients, click here for the 2016 newsletter.

If you would like to make a donation to the Fund, you can do so easily and securely online below. For further information, please contact us on or call  +44 (0)131 451 3498



The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund UN Internship

The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund UN Internship 2018 is now accepting applications. For more details, please click here.


The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund Small Grants Programme

Are you planning a humanitarian volunteering trip overseas or in the UK?  Do you need financial support?

The Fiona Watson Memorial Fund Small Grants Programme grants up to the value of £1,000 to be awarded specifically for students wishing to take part in humanitarian trips. For more information, please click here.

2011 Intern Video Blog

 View the first of 2011 Intern Claire Grant's video blog from her time living and working in New York below, and click here to see more.

End of Internship Reports

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